Now that the grazing season has ended on the majority of Irish farms, how much grass was actually grown in 2019?

Figures obtained from PastureBase Ireland (PBI) indicate – from farmers who measure through PBI – that 13.25t DM/ha was grown on average.

This represents a 15% increase in the tonnes of DM/ha produced nationally when we compare annual grass growth in 2019 and 2018.

In 2018, annual growth amounted to 11.5t DM/ha on average. However, it must be noted that the severe drought – which grasped a lot of the country in the summer of 2018 – had a major impact on this figure.

In addition, annual tonnage in 2019 is 250kg DM/ha behind the five-year average.


Graph source: PastureBase Ireland

Annual grass growth

Farmers should look at their annual tonnage report to see how they fared in 2019. This will help make decisions in terms of poor-performing paddocks, reseeding and soil fertility requirements.